NYC Hits Five Congregations With Stiff COVID Fines

The New York Daily News reports:

City officials gave out 62 fines totaling $150,000 for violations of COVID-19 rules in hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens over the weekend, the city government said Sunday. Five unnamed religious institutions were among those hit with fines.

The crackdown came amid an alarming spike in COVID cases from Borough Park, Brooklyn, to Kew Gardens, Queens.

With many of the affected areas home to large Orthodox Jewish populations, leaders have pleaded with the communities to shy away from large gatherings. Last week, Mayor de Blasio announced fines of up to $15,000 for holding big get-togethers and penalties of up to $1,000 for those who refuse to wear face coverings.